LiTES Advanced Lighting Controls Summit

Did you know?

  • Lighting accounts for more than 16% of electricity usage in small to medium sized commercial buildings (under 100,000 square feet)
  • More than 97% of all commercial buildings fall into this size category
  • According to the Lighting Controls Association, coupling lighting with controls can generate as much as 38% energy cost savings

Learn how you can save money and energy with advanced lighting controls!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.*
NextEnergy | Detroit

*Includes optional offsite tour with transportation. See details below.

Join us for a comprehensive overview of the features and benefits of advanced lighting controls systems delivered by experienced professionals. You’ll hear an inspiring keynote from Crestron Electronics, a contractor on the LCA project in Detroit, and shared successes from the teams who worked on recent upgrades to the Whitney Restaurant, Washtenaw Community College and the American Geophysical Union in Washington D.C. 

The event also includes “Advanced Lighting Controls 101” from the experts at the DesignLights Consortium-led (DLC),  and an overview from Consumers Energy and DTE Energy on how to take advantage of exclusive incentives to offset the costs of advanced lighting controls systems offered under the LiTES program.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your existing system, or start a new project, you’ll walk away with the information and resources you need to get started!

 Who should participate: Building owners/managers,  architects/engineers/designers, lighting designers, electrical contractors, general contractor, and lighting/energy consultants

Network over a delicious lunch from Slows BBQ!

Sign up to for a tour of IBEW Local 58’s Zero Net Energy Center in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood!
Transportation to and from NextEnergy will be provided. See details in the tabs below.

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Registration for this event is complimentary and includes continental breakfast, lunch and optional tour. Space is limited.
Time Item Speakers/Details
8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration + networking + light continental breakfast
8:30–9:00 a.m. Welcome + keynote
9:00–9:30 a.m. Presentation 1: Overview of LiTES utility incentives from DTE Energy & Consumers Energy

Presentation 2: “Net Zero Energy retrofit of the American Geophysical Union in Washington D.C.”
Presentation 1:
  • Sean McCoy, Assistant Operations Manager, DTE Energy
  • Aaron Kwiatowski, Consultant Consumer Energy, Business Energy Efficiency Programs
Presentation 2: Paul Savage, CEO, Nextek Power Systems, Inc.
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. DLC Training: Advanced Lighting Controls 101 Kandice Cohen, Founder and President, Bright Light Energy Consulting Training will include a break. See DLC Training tab for more information.
12:00–12:45 p.m. Lunch + networking with opportunities to meet with utility representatives
12:45–1:45 p.m. Panel 1: Retrofitting the Whitney Restaurant in Midtown”Panel 2: Lighting & Controls Upgrades to the Washtenaw County Community College Student Center Building Panel 1: Panel 2:
1:45–2:00 p.m. Break and gather for tour departure
2:00–3:45 p.m. Travel to IBEW Local 58 Zero Net Energy Center tour from NextEnergy Optional: please make sure to select during the registration process if you wish to participate. See tab for details.

DesignLights Consortium Training

Advanced Lighting Controls Systems (ALCS) are not what they used to be. Manufacturers have invested in making lighting controls easy to install and commission. New features like Luminaire Level Lighting Control (LLLC) and re-imagined software interfaces are encouraging ALCS usage in more buildings than ever before. Through this course, participants will gain ind depth knowledge of the features and benefits that ALCS offer and how to configure them to maximize the benefit for any given situation.

The course will start with an overview of the different types of ALCS, from traditional to new and innovative. The instructor will compare the complexity and wiring requirements of each type while providing new tools for selecting the right system for a given customer and application.

About DesignLights Consortium

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing commercial lighting solutions. The DLC promotes high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products in collaboration with utilities and energy efficiency program members, manufacturers, lighting designers, and federal, state, and local entities. Through these partnerships, the DLC establishes product quality specifications, facilitates thought leadership, and provides information, education, tools and technical expertise.

Meet the instructor

Kandice Cohen, founder and President of Bright Light Energy Consulting, works with a wide range of energy-related businesses throughout North America to accelerate the adoption of connected lighting and total light management solutions. Her outreach to energy-related organizations helps the lighting industry create the infrastructure of the future for smart commercial and industrial buildings. Kandice drives incentive strategy and serves as a subject matter expert fully understanding all utility, federal, and state incentives for lighting and controls to create a paradigm shift in the advanced lighting and control industry.

Time Item Details
9:30–10:00 a.m. Introduction
  • Learning objectives
  • Review of lighting controls’ prevalence
  • Historic barriers to adoption
  • How the industry has adapted to these barriers
    • Integrated sensors and controllers
    • Wireless communication
    • Improved user interfaces
    • Integrated power metering
10:00–10:30 a.m. Control Strategies
  • Time scheduling
  • High-end-trim
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Occupancy / vacancy sensing
  • Personal control
  • Demand response
  • The accumulated effects of combining control strategies
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–11:30 a.m. Types of Lighting Controls and their Pros/Cons
  • Stand-alone controls
  • Low-voltage relay panel systems
  • Stand-alone fixture-integrated sensors
  • Room-based controllers
  • Simplified networked systems
  • Comprehensive networked systems
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Application Guidance
  • How to find and search the DLC QPL for NLC systems and functions
  • General criteria for choosing among NLC
  • How to think about payback on an NLC project

DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are offering exclusive incentives as part of the LiTES program.

Representatives will present an overview during the LiTES Summit and will be available to answer questions throughout the event.

Incentives offered:

  • DTE Electric Customers: $0.12 per kWh saved
  • Consumers Energy Electric Customers: $0.25 per kWh

Overall Criteria for Installation:

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Join us for a tour of the IBEW Local 58 Zero Net Energy Center

Make sure to select the tour option when you register.

The IBEW Local 58 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Center is the largest commercial zero net energy facility in Michigan. The Center was a collaboration between IBEW Local 58 and several leading contractors from the region. The facility has been remodeled to strategically deploy the newest technologies, engineering and construction techniques to reduce the building’s baseline energy to the lowest possible level.

Watch this video for a sneak preview.

During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the Center’s nine distinct energy producing/saving modifications:

  • Solar Panels
  • Over 500 LED Lights throughout the building
  • Solar DC to AC Power Inverters
  • Energy Efficient Windows
  • Geothermal Grid
  • SIP Panels & Vaproshield Wall Insulation
  • Virtual Energy Monitoring
  • Heating & Cooling with Variable Refrigerant Volume System
  • Roof System
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Jim McGrath

Jim McGrath, Executive Director Lighting Controls Specifications
Crestron Electronics, Inc.

A 30-year veteran of the lighting controls industry Jim McGrath is an instrumental part of both product design and business development. His current duties include working with specification engineers on lighting control solutions to meet or exceed today’s stringent energy codes. In addition, he runs the specification training program for Electrical Engineers and Lighting Designers. Jim received his BSEE from the Newark College of Engineering.

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